Skip to comments.Billionaire Pledges Laptops for Poor Mexican Kids
Posted on 08/03/2007 10:59:28 AM PDT by Froufrou
Billionaire Carlos Slim said he doesn't care if he is the world's richest man and promised to donate hundreds of thousands of laptop computers to Mexican children.
The Mexican telecom mogul pledged Thursday to donate 250,000 low-cost laptops to children by the end of the year and as many as 1 million in 2008, saying "digital education" holds the key for Mexico's poor.
Slim is listed by Forbes as the world's second-richest man with holdings worth $53 billion, but some financial analysts say he may have overtaken Microsoft (MSFT) founder Bill Gates as the world's richest.
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Speaking to foreign correspondents on Thursday, Slim said the ranking meant little to him.
"That's water off a duck's back to me," Slim said. "I don't know if that (the ranking) is correct, if I'm first, 20th, or 2,000th. It doesn't matter. It's all the same."
"I think that what's important is to see that a professional or business activity isn't incompatible with personal or family life," he said.
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Can you eat a laptop?
Really. How about a couple of carrots so your kids quit going BLIND.
They’ll be used to play “Invasores Del Espacio” or sold to buy food and clothes.
Where are they going to plug in the laptops? Their belly buttons?
Smooth move, Carlos. No wonder you’ve got all those pesos.
Mexico isn’t some starving nation in sub-Saharan Africa, you know. While poverty may be rife, the majority of people have enough of the bare essentials to get by.
If giving disadvantaged Mexican kids computers helps get them a better education and, in the long run, helps to raise the standard of living, then I’m all for it. A wealthier, healthier Mexico on our southern border can only be good for America.
How about leaf blowers instead, so when they cross the border they come fully equipped?!
“Can you eat a laptop?”
Maybe they can use it to order a pizza. Or cake maybe . . . that’s it! Let them eat cake!
When will he get them electricity so they can use the things?
‘Zactly! The air must be very thin at Carlos’ place! :p
They may be poor, but they'll get free porn.
Rockfeller gave China lamps, so they would buy his OIL. Slim is going to give away 250,000 laptops, and half of the recipients will sign up to TEL MEX Slim’s Internet, paying $40 USD a month, so they can download free pornography. That is pitiful. Education, NOT
What is it with these rich barons? They make their millions with a b off the back of America, then turn their backs on the country by either backing far leftist candidates, or assist illegal invaders. Why?
The same ole same ole - do away with the two party system, as the Demos in Congress, and the state of Washington, think has already been done, in order to get complete control of the populace in order to guarantee their elitism forever.
I know Bill Gates was happy to hear the news of his purchase.
I hope Carlos includes all poor mexican children, including the kids that have come over here or born here of illegal parents.
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